May 6th, 2013
11:25 PM ET

Amanda Berry's aunt never gave up hope

Gale Mitchell says she and her daughter prayed that Amanda Berry was still alive after the teen disappeared in 2003. "I just can't get over it," Mitchell tells Anderson Cooper about Berry's freedom from captivity. "My daughter just had a feeling she was still alive. So did I. You don't give up hope."

Berry and two other women, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, had been missing for years. They were found together in a Cleveland home on Monday.

A neighbor named Charles Ramsey heard Berry's cries for help and set her free from the house. Ramsey says he never suspected anything suspicious and was shocked to learn what was happening behind closed doors.

In Berry's 911 call, she begs for help before her captor returns. She tells the dispatcher, "Help me! I'm Amanda Berry … I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here. I'm free now … Are they on their way right now? … I need them now before he gets back."


May 6th, 2013
09:25 PM ET

Breaking News: 3 missing women found alive in Ohio

Three Ohio women who went missing years ago, in separate cases, were found alive in the same Cleveland home on Monday. Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were set free by Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who heard Berry screaming for help. He broke the door to let her and a young child out.

Ramsey later told a reporter he was stunned to learn what was happening in the house. He knows Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old man who was arrested, and never suspected anything suspicious. Two others, identified as Castro's brothers, are also suspects, according to Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba.

Knight was 21 when she vanished in 2002; Berry went missing in 2003 when she was 16; DeJesus was last seen in 2004 at age 14.  Dr. Gerald Maloney, a physician at Cleveland's Metro Health Medical Center, said the three women were in fair condition. He didn't comment on the fourth person being treated.


May 6th, 2013
06:44 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Where should an accused terrorist be buried?

More than two weeks after Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after a gun battle with police, there's no clear indication where he will be buried. The alleged Boston Marathon bomber needs a final resting place, but the funeral home that's currently in possession of his body is facing a dilemma.

Peter Stefan, the director of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., can't find a cemetery willing to bury the 26 year old accused of plotting the attack, with his brother, that killed three and injured 264people on April 15. Tsarnaev is Muslim, which means cremation would conflict with his religious beliefs.

Today Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told a reporter that the final outcome will be determined by Tsarnaev's family. "I assume they will make a decision soon. I hope they do. I think everybody is feeling upset about what happened."

Stefan wants the U.S. State Department to get involved and send the body to the suspect's family in Russia. Demonstrators outside the funeral home support that plan and are trying to raise money to pay for it.


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